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VOL. 132 | NO. 24 | Thursday, February 2, 2017

Strickland Says City Willing to Discuss De-Annexation of "Six to Seven" Areas

By Bill Dries

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Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said his administration will recommend six to seven parts of the city that could possibly be de-annexed when a de-annexation task force meets Thursday, Feb. 2, at City Hall.

“We as an administration will make a proposal to them of six or seven neighborhoods that have the potential to be de-annexed,” Strickland said during a Thursday recording of the WKNO TV program “Behind The Headlines” that will air Friday at 7 p.m.

The Strategic Footprint Review Task Force meets at 4 p.m.

Strickland declined to name the areas on the list, but said he and his administration looked at three factors in deciding which ones it would talk about possibly de-annexing, starting with density.

“If there’s not density, suburban. If it’s dense, city. Where it’s hard for us to serve and what areas have long term asked to be de-annexed,” Strickland said.

This web story will be updated with details of the proposal. Follow the meeting with live updates @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

The Southwind, Windyke and South Cordova areas – the three areas most recently annexed into the city of Memphis – have been discussed as possible candidates for some sort of voluntary de-annexation by the city.

The task force was formed after state legislators in other parts of Tennessee proposed last year allowing de-annexation referendums in some parts of the state including Memphis among residents of areas that petition to put the move on the ballot. One version of that proposal would have allowed for de-annexation referendums in parts of Memphis annexed as far back as 18 years ago.

Strickland and leaders of Knoxville and Chattanooga fought the proposals which went to a summer study committee after the legislature ended its sessions last year without floor votes on any of them.

Because it was the end of a two-year session, any new proposals would have to start over in the Legislature included committee action on Capitol Hill.

City Council member Bill Morrison, who is chairman of the task force, has said his goal is to have a recommendation by April on further action. The task force report goes to Strickland and the city council for further action.

At the first meeting of the task force, Morrison said his outlook was that there should be some voluntary de-annexation. But other council members have said they oppose the city de-annexing any territory.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 0 305 3,056
BANKRUPTCIES 20 118 736
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 53 329
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0